Put some of your fruits and veggies on a plain, middle-value surface. A plain gray cloth (or other middle-value color) is ideal. Light them to bring out dimensionality. Using your 14"-x-17" drawing pad, make a few sketches in charcoal, concentrating on contour and those shadow shapes you identified in Chapter 4, just to get a feel for the medium. Practice smudging the charcoal dust with your finger, or if you'd prefer, substitute a QjTip for a similar effect.
"I discovered a medium that I loved, charcoal, where I could be messy, spontaneous, and less precise. "
-student sherry artemenko
student drawings, by mary |q fusaro (peaches, top) and sherry artemenko (lemons, bottom)
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